Prawn and asparagus red curry

Prawn and asparagus red curry

OMG! I Can Eat That?
Mark Roper

Here’s a fast, flashy, hot curry using prawns and crunchy asparagus. Don’t know what it is, but they go together so well. Using only a tiny bit of light coconut milk and a little oil, this makes a low-calorie, tasty, non-boombah dinner. I think we have this at least once a week in summer!


Quantity Ingredient
6 asparagus spears
6 spring onions
1 tablespoon sunflower oil
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1 red chilli, finely chopped
1 knob ginger, peeled and finely chopped
1 large onion, chopped into large pieces
2 heaped tablespoo red curry paste
20 prawns, cleaned, shelled, deveined, tail intact
3 tablespoons light coconut milk
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1 lime, juiced
2 kaffir lime leaves, very finely shredded
lime wedges, to serve
coriander leaves, to serve


  1. Trim the woody ends off the asparagus and chop each stalk in half. Trim the dark green ends and the tops off the spring onions and slice each one lengthwise so you have a ‘skinnier’ spring onion. Cut in half again, so they match in size with the asparagus.
  2. Heat the oils in a non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Add the garlic, chilli and ginger and cook for about 1 minute, stirring constantly so it doesn’t burn. Add the onion and stir for a further 1 minute. Add the red curry paste (careful, it will spit) and stir constantly for a further 1 minute.
  3. Add the prawns and stir-fry for about 2 minutes, or until they change colour. Add the coconut milk, 185 ml water, fish sauce, lime juice and kaffir lime leaves. Stir well, then turn the heat down to a simmer. Cover with a lid and cook for about 3 minutes.
  4. Take the lid off, add the asparagus, stir and cover with the lid. Cook a further 3 minutes, then take the lid off.
  5. Add the spring onion, stir through and let the pan gently bubble for a further 1 minute.
  6. Serve on a warmed platter, with lime wedges and coriander.
OMG I Can Eat That
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